Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The snow has begun to fly in the high country and this means the end of the creeking season for us. I'm sure a dedicated angler could stir up a few fish, but probably best to wait until next year and the snowmelt. Monsoons have brought ash and muddy water into the lower Animas and fishing is tough. The have been some fish caught recently on the lower Animas through town and below, we're hoping for more positive Lower Animas reports soon. We're fishing other area rivers until the waters clear up on the Animas. There are plenty of fishing opportunities. close to Durango. We are enjoying excellent fishing on these other options right now, there are both wade and float trips available on the other waters.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Animas River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Heads Up Flyfishing

Water flow: 131

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10am-2pm

Best stretch: Above Silverton

Best access point: North of the town of Silverton

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Drakes, caddis, spruce moth, hoppers

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Durango La Plata County

Animas River Description

The Animas River begins its 126 mile journey high in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It's full name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, The River of Lost Souls, gives an air of mystery to this incredible fishery. The Animas begins as a small creek full of feisty brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It drops down through the mountain canyons picking up tributaries and snow melt along its way until ...

Techniques & Tips

The Animas near Silverton is typical high country creek fishing. There are mostly brookies and some cutthroat. Ideally, a single dry fly is my favorite way to fish this water. If conditions dictate a small #16 beadhead dropped off the dry should do the trick.

7-Day Forecast

The temps have really dropped this week, but are looking to warm up a bit as the week progresses. Dress warm for the cold mornings and be sure to wear layers to stay comfortable as the day warms. Don't forget the sunscreen and to drink plenty of water; two things that are easy to forget this time of year! Get out there and go fishing, there are plenty of places to go close to Durango now.

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